September 2, 2010 Commission Meeting Notice

September 2, 2010
1:00 P.M.
Port of San Francisco Board Room
Ferry Building
Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Tentative Agenda

  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Public Comment Period (Each speaker is limited to three minutes)
    A maximum of 15 minutes is available for the public to address the Commission on any matter on which the Commission either has not held a public hearing or is not scheduled for a public hearing later in the meeting. Speakers will be heard in the order of sign-up, and each speaker is generally limited to a maximum of three minutes. It is ly recommended that public comments be submitted in writing so they can be distributed to all Commission members for review. The Commission may provide more time to each speaker and can extend the public comment period beyond the normal 15-minute maximum if the Commission believes that it is necessary to allow a reasonable opportunity to hear from all members of the public who want to testify. No Commission action can be taken on any matter raised during the public comment period other than to schedule the matter for a future agenda or refer the matter to the staff for investigation unless the matter is scheduled for action by the Commission later in the meeting.
    (Will Travis) [415/352-3653]
  4. Approval of Minutes of August 5, 2010 Meeting
    (Mamie Lai) [415/352-3639]
  5. Report of the Chair
  6. Report of the Executive Director
  7. Commission Consideration of Administrative Matters
    (Bob Batha) [415/352-3612]
  8. Public Hearing and Vote on Amendment No. One to Consistency Determination No. CN 5-04 of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the Cullinan Ranch Marsh Restoration Project, Napa and Solano Counties [ 552KB] exhibits [ 992KB] exhibits E-G[ 458KB] Staff Recommendation [ 377KB]
    The Commission will hold a public hearing and may vote on a request by the U.S. fish and Wildlife Service to amend it’s Consistency Determination No. CN 5-04 in order to restore approximately 1,575 acres of tidal marsh habitat at the former Cullinan Ranch within the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Napa and Solano Counties. The proposed project includes excavating channels and deep pools for open water habitat, breaching and lowering levees along Dutchman Slough, breaching the levee between the site and the former Guadalcanal Village, placing ditch blocks in old agricultural drainage channels, constructing a buttress levee to protect low-lying areas of Highway 37, placing rip rap along the northern edge of Highway 37, installing water control structures in the Pond 1 levee, strengthening Pond 1 levee, and placing material to raise portions of site to elevations appropriate for vegetation colonization. The project would provide public access improvements at the western boundary of the site including acceleration and deceleration lanes along State Route 37 for the existing public parking lot on the Pond 1 levee, a wooden pile-supported kayak launch, an earthen kayak ramp pull-out area, a gravel overlook and seating area, an earthen viewing platform, a wooden pile-supported fishing pier, and surface improvements on the Pond 1 levee trail. The project also proposes to construct a new trail on top of an existing levee at the former Guadalcanal Village site and a wooden pile-supported fishing pier at the terminus of the trail.
    (Max Delaney) [415/352-3668]
  9. Briefing by Ellie Cohen on Climate Change
    Dr. Ellie Cohen, the Executive Director of PRBO Conservation Science, will provide a briefing on the impacts of climate change on the Bay Area ecosystem.
    (Will Travis) [415/352-3653]
  10. Consideration of Strategic Plan Status Report [ 276KB]
    The Commission will consider a status report on the progress being made in meet­ing the objectives contained in the strategic plan adopted on May 20, 2010. The Commission will also determine whether any revisions in the plan are necessary and whether to take further action to achieve the plan’s goals and objectives.
    (Will Travis) [415/352-3653]
  11. New Business
  12. Old Business
  13. Adjournment

Speaker Sign-Up and Time Limits If you would like to comment on an item scheduled for a public hearing or speak during the public comment period, please fill out a "Request to Speak" form and give it to a staff member. Each speaker is limited to a maximum of three minutes during the public comment period, and the Chair may set time limits for each speaker at the beginning of a public hearing. You are encouraged to submit written comments of any length and detailed information to the staff. This material will be distributed to the Commission members. Applicants are responsible for presenting their projects at the public hearing.

Questions and Staff Reports If you have any questions concerning an item on the agenda or would like to receive a staff report related to the item, please contact the staff member whose name and direct phone number are indicated in parenthesis at the end of the agenda item.

Campaign Contributions State law requires Commissioners to disqualify themselves from voting on any matter if they have received a campaign contribution from an interested party. If you intend to speak on any hearing item, please indicate on the "Request to Speak" form or in your testimony if you have made campaign contributions in excess of $250 to any Commissioner within the last year, and if so, to which Commissioner(s) you have contributed. Other legal requirements govern contributions by applicants and other interested parties and establish criteria for Commissioner conflicts of interest. Please consult with the staff counsel if you have any questions about the rules that pertain to campaign contributions or conflicts of interest.

Access to Meetings Meeting facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you require special assistance, please contact any staff member prior to the meeting. An interpreter for the deaf will also be made available upon request to the staff at least five days prior to the meeting.

Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act As a state agency, the Commission is governed by the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act which requires the Commission to (1) publish an agenda at least ten days in advance of any meeting; (2) describe specifically in that agenda the items to be transacted or discussed; and (3) refuse to add an item subsequent to the published agenda. In addition to these general requirements the Bagley-Keene Act includes other specific provisions about how meetings are to be announced and conducted.